Kentucky-bred gelding (b. 2007)
By Eddington-Bisbee’s Prospect
Career (2010-2011): 2-1-0-0, $9,647
Avram had the sheer speed to be a champion at Emerald Downs. Before he even raced, the gelding had earned a reputation with a series of dazzling drills for trainer Vann Belvoir and owner Heidi Nelson. “He was a very interesting horse, feisty at first, and full of energy,” Nelson said. “We prepared him for racing, and he was extremely fast.”
Sent off at even-money in his debut, Avram lived up to the hype, running a :44 4/5 opening half-mile and scoring a one-length victory vs. maiden special weights on April 24, 2010. Avram, however, was plagued by a respiratory ailment that inhibits maximum efficiency. The gelding had what is called a “lazy flapper” and required a fairly common procedure to rectify the problem.
After missing the rest of 2010, Avram returned to action in a first-level allowance race on May 24, 2011. He still had his speed, opening a four-length lead in a :44 3/5 half-mile, but stamina was an issue, and Avram weakened in the stretch and finished fifth. That’s when Nelson decided to retire the horse she had named after her son (Avram is Hebrew for Andrew).
Nelson is well connected in the show horse community, and studied career possibilities for the then 4-year-old gelding. Avram is a good-sized horse at 16.1 hands, and Nelson felt he had the looks and temperament to make a seamless transition. She contacted Katherine Wade-Easley at Sundance Equestrian Industries in Woodinville.
“I told her this horse will take to (Equestrian) like a duck to water,” Nelson said.
Described as a “gentle giant” by Wade-Easley, Avram showed at the Emerald Classic where he was Reserve Champion in the Young Hunter Division at his first show. He also showed at Octoberfest where he continued to do well, earning ribbons in all his classes as well as winning his over fences class.
“Avi is truly one of the sweetest horses around the barn,” Wade-Easley says. “A pleasure to work with, he is very tuned in to his ride and has a positive nature.”
Avram currently is in training to become a professional hunter/jumper. Visit the Sundance Equestrian website to see more on Avram, including photos and a video.